From General McLane

Subscribe to From General McLane feed
Updated: 2 hours 11 min ago

JWPMS explore computer science through #HourofCode

Thu, 2016-12-08 09:14

image1-1

James W. Parker Middle School seventh and eighth math classes hosted its own Hour of Code yesterday.

This one-hour introduction to computer science inspires students to learn computer science. Students in Miss Manzella, Mrs. Irwin, Miss Mook and Mrs. Nickou classes explored how to program games such as Minecraft, Angry Birds and Flappy Bird.

This is the third year that students participated in this annual campaign, which is organized by Code.org. Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.

This event takes place during Computer Science Education Week, which is December 5-11, 2016.

image2-1

image3

image1

image2

GMHS students analyze foreign policy at Worlds Affair

Tue, 2016-12-06 13:13

IMG_1362

General McLane High School students McKenah Bryson, Halle Minner and Zachary Gray attended the 46th Annual Worlds Affair Institute in Pittsburgh.

Approximately 350 high school juniors and seniors attended this event, which was held at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

The Institute engages high school student leaders to think critically about their world through discussion of key issues in international affairs. Experts discuss key issues with the student delegates through panel presentations and small breakout sessions. Students then meet in groups to analyze a foreign policy scenario from an assigned viewpoint.

The 2016 topic was Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration and focused on the global concerns the next President of the United States will have to contend.  This year, the students specifically analyzed the effect a dispute between China and Japan would have on the United States.

Gray served on a group that represented the US Department of Homeland Security, and Bryson and Minner served on a group that represented the National Security Council. Gray served as his group’s spokesperson and represented the Department of Homeland Security when the whole group reconvened for discussion.

High school students were selected by local Rotary Clubs in cooperation with schools. Each Rotary Club pays for the number of scholarships it is sponsoring. The Edinboro Rotary Club No. 5133 sponsored the General McLane students.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key contemporary international issues throughout Western Pennsylvania.

IMG_1359

fpwa_resized

IMG_1363

GM students among 2016 VFW Essay Contest Winners

Tue, 2016-12-06 12:05

Nine General McLane students were recently selected as winners of the 2016 VFW Post 740 Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy Essay Contests.

IMG_7291

Junior Mary Claire Cousins was this year’s Voice of Democracy Essay Contest winner. This contest was for students in grades 9-12. Cousins received a $600 award and will now advance to the District 28 Competition. The 2016-17 theme was “My Responsibility to America.”

The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.

IMG_7282

James W. Middle School students Savannah Rauscher, Aiden Michaelis, Clay Kuntz, Chloe McMullen, Adrianna Evankovich, Makaela Persons, Riley Clever and Ellie Shade were the winners of the 2016 VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Each was awarded with a monetary prize of $400, along with a chance for their essay to move on to the District 28 Competition. The 2016-17 theme was “The America I Believe I”.

The Patriot’s Pen Essay contest is for students in grades 6-8, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Congratulations to all!

PTSA hosts Winter Fun Night

Tue, 2016-12-06 09:43

FullSizeRender-5
James W. Parker Middle School’s PTSA hosted its Winter Fun Night this past weekend. The night featured a bouncy house / obstacle course, Minute-to-Win-it games and dancing to music from a DJ. Food and beverages were also available.

There was also an Ugly Sweater contest with a winner from each grade. Each winner won candy and a $5 gift card to Walmart from the PTSA.

Winners included Ben Kernick (5th), Abbey Walker (6th), Alexis Wescoat (7th) and Chandler Villanueva (8th).

This event is hosted by the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), a volunteer association where parents, educators, students and other citizens can be active in their schools and communities. The next event hosted by PTSA is  the cookie reception after the Middle School Chorus concert on December 12th. They are also working on hosting another Fun Night in early 2017.

IMG_1353 FullSizeRender-2 FullSizeRender-3 FullSizeRender-4 FullSizeRender-6 FullSizeRender-7

GM students win in STEM Ingenuity Challenge

Mon, 2016-12-05 14:29

IMG_7272

General McLane School District placed second at the Annual STEM Ingenuity Challenge, with multiple students earning numerous achievements .

The STEM Ingenuity Challenge is a problem solving competition organized by grade level. This is the 27th annual event sponsored by the Technology Education and Engineering Association of Northwest PA and the Erie Engineering Societies Council (EESC). It is hosted at Edinboro University.

Students from the Tri-county area can participate in three main events and a Spontaneous Challenge. In each event, students are judged on four categories; the overall event, technical drawing, craftsmanship and presentation (students give a written and oral report to judges).  Each of these categories has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award based on point value (1st-100pts, 2nd-75pts, 3rd-50pts)

Students in sixth through eighth grade built a car to push a disk and points were scored according to where the disk ended up.

Team members were: Kaci Smith, Kaden Wright, Grace Juliano, Kendyl Reichard, Haley Desell, Henry Salvo, Tyler Chorney, Gabe Harrison, Rylee Reichard, Marin O’Lone, Shannon Rohrer, Catrina Miller, Kiera Schoolcraft, Dana Minns, Rayleigh Burger, Mallory Grucza, Sierra Griffith, Coletin Barto, Kyle Cousins, Wilson Spires.

Ninth and tenth grade students designed and built CO2 Dragsters from a given kit. The cars are powered by an 8gram CO2 cartridge.  Students try to create a lightweight aerodynamic car for fastest speed.

Derek “Pablo” Mejias place first and Zack Lofgren placed second.

Derek Waltz placed first for Craftsmanship and second in the Spontaneous Challenge.

Students in eleventh and twelfth grade built a crane to lift 10lbs 20 inches and points were scored based on the fastest.  Each team was give a small electric motor and 12 pieces of 1/8 x 1/8 basswood.. This year, students use our CAD and CNC equipment to 3D print a block and tackle system and cut out parts using the laser engraver and CNC router.

Lizzie Bennett and Nathan Miller placed first overall, first for technical drawing and second for speech. Jonah Pamula and Tristian Beach placed third for speech.

For the spontaneous challenge, students had to build the highest freestanding structure with given materials. This year’s materials were spaghetti and marshmallow. Students do not know the challenge ahead of time.

Pamula and Beach placed first for this challenge and Bennett and Miller placed second.

After the events, all grade levels earned points are added up and the school district with the most is awarded 1st place.  General McLane School District placed second in the overall event.

GM raises more than $1,500 for Caring Place

Fri, 2016-12-02 15:57

13

4BD2

General McLane School District raised more than $1,500 for the Caring Place through their National Child Grief Awareness Day fundraising efforts.

Through November 16, 2016, a series of activities and fundraising took place throughout the District. Events, which were coordinated by the Caring Club and igh school guidance counselor and Caring Club coordinator Brenda Hertel, included:

– Supply Drive:   Tissues, hand sanitizer, crayons, markers, stickers, colored pencils, glue and other crafts items etc were donated.  Every item gave students and staff a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Memory Tree & Messages of Support:  Students and staff filled out a butterfly in memory of a loved one or write a word of encouragement. Chinese Auction and Bake Sale:  Baskets were donated by various community groups and families, and enjoy some delicious treats. Blue Streak: HS students gave those interested a blue streak in your hair to show your support for NCGAD. Photobooth: A homemade Photo Booth was set up outside the main office during lunch.  Cash donations for the caring place were accepted but not necessary.   WEAR BLUE:  Everyone wore blue on November 16 to show support. T-shirts were for sale in October. Edinboro Elementary School held a poster contest. The theme was, “he theme was how would you support a friend who has suffered a loss.” Winners included Pacey Moran (1st) and Jasmine Dzeskewicz (2nd). HPIM2658-1 In addition,  several community sponsors hung signs in their window indicating their support.

In total, the District raised 1518.28 for the Highmark Caring Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families that offers a safe place for grieving children and families to come together. The Caring Place offers these services at no charge to grieving families from throughout the community.

General McLane High School and Parker Middle School began offering grief support group meetings in September of 2014 as part of a regional program sponsored by the Highmark Caring Place, which has offered grief support for children at its Erie facility since opening in 2001. Students and counselors meet every Wednesday for about an hour.

Thank you to everyone who support this wonderful event!

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

10

GMHS senior selected as outstanding delegate

Fri, 2016-12-02 09:37

IMG_7268

General McLane High School senior Maddie Dillen was recently named the recipient of the Dale Hawley Award, a special recognition for being the most outstanding delegate at the Advanced Gold Summer Leadership Camp.

She received the award at the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC) State Conference at Deer Lakes High School in November.

“I was completely honored because everyone there was such an outstanding person. We were all there to be well-conditioned into the leadership positions that we had.” Dillen said.

Dr. Dale Hawley was the Executive Director of the National Association of Student Councils from 1985 until his death in the mid-1990’s. At the time of his death, the NASC organization wanted to remember him by providing five certificates to each state to be used to recognize outstanding contributions made to the student council movement by students in their respective states. Pennsylvania chose to use these certificates to recognize the most outstanding delegate at each of its Blue and Gold summer workshops.

Every summer, the GMHS Student Council sends new officers to participate in a Leadership Camp held by the PASC. These week-long camps provide dynamic “hands-on” leadership training and the opportunity to exchange ideas and build lasting connections. Seniors Jacqueline Roeback and Julia Wasielewski joined Dillen to this year’s camp.

“Overall, the camp makes you want to be a better person because you are surrounded by great people. I came back to General McLane wanting to be great and promote goodness, good spirit, teamwork and unity,” Dillen said. “If your school doesn’t have events like ones that are put on through Student Council, then it makes it hard for the student body to get involved and have a real impact. These events give a boost to morale for the entire school and directly impacts the student’s experience.”

Since Dillen previously attended the Gold Leadership Camp as a sophomore, she attended the Advanced Gold Leadership Camp this year. She earned the award by demonstrating her exceptional leadership qualities and proving to be a leader among leaders.

Dillen is a member of the Principal’s Cabinet, National Honor Society, Envirothon, JETS and Battle of the Books. She participates in the musicals and also plays soccer.

Next year, Dillen plans to study Pharmacy. Although she is currently undecided on which college she will attend, Dillen hopes to be a part of student council.

“I hope to lead effectively and continue working on the highlights that I learned from the camp,” Dillen said. “Leading if people need led, but really just being a good person, participating in school events and getting as many people as possible to have a positive outlook.”

Giving Tree Returns to McKean Elementary

Thu, 2016-12-01 16:37

FullSizeRender-1

The Annual Giving Tree has returned to McKean Elementary School.

The Autistic Support Classroom is hosting their annual Giving Tree from now through Friday, December 16. Students, faculty and community members can bring in new hats, gloves or a scarves for any age or gender that will be displayed on the tree in the cafeteria. At the end of the fundraiser, the class will donate the items to the Mercy Center for Women in Erie, which provides safe and supportive transitional housing, education and counseling for homeless women with or without children.

The Giving Tree started in 2012 and has since collected hundreds of items that have been donated back to the GM and Erie community.

Last year, the Giving Tree raised a new high in donations, with a total of 184 donations. Donations included, but were not limited to, 72 Hats, 68 gloves and 13 jackets.

 

GM schools donate more than 4500 items

Tue, 2016-11-22 12:14

IMG_1573

General McLane schools donated 4,548 items to the Food Drive at Nick’s Place. The drive ended last week.

McKean collected 1,581 items with the winning class being Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s.

Edinboro collected 1,117 food items with the winning class being Mr. Frick’s 4th graders.

James W. Parker Middle School collected 1,493 items and $40 in cash with the winning class being Mrs. Wilkinson’s.

And General McLane High School collected 357 items with the winning class being Mr. Oathout’s.

The winning class wins a Pizza/Putt-Putt Party at Nick’s Place in the spring. All items went to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern PA.

Thank you to all who participated!

JWPMS students sew marble bags for needy children

Tue, 2016-11-22 11:56

IMG_7249
James W. Parker Middle School students are combining reading, writing and sewing into one service project for needy children.

After recently reading books that focused on the importance of giving, fifth and sixth graders in the Reading Success classes are creating marble bags for children in other countries. The students have learned how to cut, hand sew and machine sew these projects.

This is a cross-curricular project that utilizes reading, writing, sewing, problem solving and teamwork skills. Their reading skills come into play by following a set of directions and investigating non-traditional text. Students are practicing their Language Arts skills by writing a letter of request to Marble King, the largest US manufacturer of marbles.  They are explaining their service project and asking for a donation of marbles to fill their handmade marble bags.

There are 23 students working on this project and their goal is to create 100 marble bags.

IMG_7250 IMG_7251 IMG_7252 IMG_7253 IMG_7254 IMG_7255 IMG_7256 IMG_7257 IMG_7258 IMG_7259

GM students and staff participate in Produce Express

Fri, 2016-11-18 11:16

15078545_10154711808322311_7924606363706371703_n

15107439_10154711808432311_2731929200662706657_n

Last night, GM students and staff participated in a Produce Express Food Distribution at the Erie VA Hospital for needy veterans and their families. Through this event, they served 62 households serving 122 people.

This was the first Produce Express  (a mobile food pantry) hosted by Erie VAMC’s Nutrition & Food Services and the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. VA dietitians used the mobile food cart to serve a delicious cabbage soup, made with ingredients that were given out by the Produce Express, and the Veterans Miracle Center handed out warm clothes to families in need. 

There were volunteers from the following groups, schools and organizations: Second Harvest Food Bank, Erie Veterans Affairs Hospital, VFW Post 740 Motorcycle Riders Group, VFW Post 740 and Auxiliary, Erie Veterans Miracle Center, General McLane High School, James W. Parker Middle School, Fort LeBoeuf High School, Fort LeBoeuf Middle School, and the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command-Erie Station.

Thank you to Dakota Harman, Grant Travis, Elizabeth May, Ian Bridges, Mr. Hager, Mrs. Swanson and Mrs. Lerch for representing General McLane to make this event a success for our veterans!

Fifth grader takes on Oliver! for GMHS musical

Fri, 2016-11-18 10:26

6242ph

James W. Parker Middle School’s David Price will be playing Oliver in the classic Dicken’s novel Oliver!, which opened at General McLane High School last night. Tickets are on sale for this musical, which will be staged at General McLane High School now through November 20, 2016.

Price plays soccer, Irish Dances and practices different instruments. He also enjoys climbing trees.

Even though he is only a fifth grader, Price hopes his plans after high school involve being on a mission to Mars.

We had a chance to catch up with him before this weekend’s play.

What is your favorite scene in this musical?

Who Will Buy

What are you most excited for the audience to see and hear in this musical and why?

Fagan’s Lair because the set is SO cool!

Why do you like to act?

I like moving around a lot, and I like to dance and sing and make different sounds with my voice. Acting puts all those together.

What’s your favorite musical/play of all time and why?

Phantom of the Opera because it is very dramatic.

If you were able to be cast for your dream job/role what would it be and why?

A main role in Cirque Du Soleil because it looks adventurous.

Play it Forward final collection date at the Holiday Arts Fair

Fri, 2016-11-18 08:00

IMG_7197

IMG_7205

The Play It Forward Charity Drive will have its final collection date this Saturday at the 10th Annual Holiday Arts Fair.

So far, individuals have “play(ed) it forward” and donated more than 50 band instruments for General McLane students. Instruments donated include flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, bell kits, violins, an alto sax and a full drum set with cymbals.

James W. Parker Middle School Band instructor John Roden started this musical band instrument drive. These instruments will be refurbished and distributed to James W. Parker Middle School students in the Band Exploratory Program to support the next generation of General McLane musicians. The Band Exploratory Program provides fifth grade students with an experience of self-discovery by allowing students to try a variety of instruments.

“Instrumental music is vital in offering an avenue for kids to find a vehicle for self-expression,” said James W. Parker Middle School teacher John Roden. “Band is a highly collaborative activity and draws from multiple intelligences to create live performances that can be shared with the community. As an alumni of the McLane Band, I know that the musicianship, awareness, and responsibility developed through our program will help propel our students to bright futures of their choosing.”

More than 400 students have participated in Exploratory Band since 2011. Currently, the instruments are rented from an outside third party vendor, and students participate by paying a $40 rental fee. However, Roden hopes to lower that fee to reach more students who wish to play an instrument.

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the General McLane Foundation’s Hill Music Endowment, the instruments collected will be repaired or refurbished and then permanently housed at James W. Parker Middle School to offset or eliminate as much of the student fee as possible.

Volunteers will be on hand to collect instruments this Saturday during the Holiday Arts Fair outside of the General McLane High School Band Room. Those who cannot make this collection night can drop off instruments between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to General McLane High School or James W. Parker Middle School.  The school is looking for “gently used” band instruments – flutes, clarinets, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, drums, etc.

Donors can share the instrument’s backstory by completing a form when making a donation. This ensures that the students understand the literal journey that many of the instruments took before getting into their hands.

For information of questions on how you can donate your once-loved but no-longer-used musical instruments today, please contact John Roden at johnroden@generalmclane.org.

Holiday Arts Fair this Saturday (Music Schedule)

Thu, 2016-11-17 11:37

The General McLane Foundation’s 10th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 19, at General McLane High School and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Nearly 100 vendors will be in attendance.

In addition to craft vendors, there will be multiple performances by General McLane School District’s band program.

Here is the schedule:

Band Performances Located in High School Band Room
11:00 a.m. — 7th Grade Band performs
1:00 p.m. — High School Band performs

We will also have our final “Collection Date” for the Play it Forward instrument drive. Those who are donating can drop off their instruments outside of the GMHS Band Room during the Arts Fair.

Holiday Arts Fair this Saturday (Vendor Feature)

Thu, 2016-11-17 11:32

The General McLane Foundation’s 10th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 19, at General McLane High School and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Nearly 100 vendors will be in attendance, including nearly 20 new vendors. Ceramics, framed glass, paintings, pottery, wood and recycled items and jewelry as well as quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items are among the many crafts that will be available. Here is a sneak-peak of just some of the vendors that will be attendance on Saturday!

For more vendor features, please visit our Facebook Page!

FullSizeRender copy

IMG_1959

Brassy Peacock Designs will be offering handmade jewelry with genuine stones, Swarovski Crystals and Artisan beads. Brassy Peacock Designs uses Sterling, Copper and Brass to create unique and one of a kind jewelry items.

000_0351

Chinese Lagoon sells bath soap, laundry soap and laundry stain sticks, lip balm, whipped body butter, lotion bars and room sprays. All soaps are vegetarian or vegan without any detergents or petroleum products.

image2

Rustic Rough Cut‘s last schedule show will be this weekend at our Holiday Arts Fair! They specialize in custom rustic decor and are able to make just about anything!

IMG_20161114_133719674 (1)

Beelzebub’s Salsa, fresh salsa made from local ingredients. Current seasonal salsa for the holidays include “Cranberry” and “Honeycrisp Apple.”

Cork ends coasters (536x600)

Coffee Bowl Cozy (600x467)

Local Etsy artist Karen Grove creates anything from jewelry to coasters and games to bowl cozies!

012

Stickyfoot Acres creates Goat milk soap and lotion. Their soaps are made from goat milk, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil and Shea butter. Their lotions include goat milk, shea butter and honey.

DSC08085-S

DSC02826-S

Local painter and illustrator Heather Cash will be selling original paintings & prints, paint-your-own canvases — and debuting her new adult coloring book! Cash also teaches canvas classes at Claytopia.

EE teacher wins Golden Apple

Thu, 2016-11-17 08:48

15036679_10210792610201573_4396386789995083814_n

Edinboro Elementary School teacher Rachel Pituch received the Golden Apple Award yesterday.

Pituch has worked as a Special Education teacher at Edinboro Elementary School for 8 years. Fourth grader Wesson Trypus and his mom Abby nominated Pituch for the honor.

The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. JET-TV, in partnership with Edinboro University, honors local educators who have made a positive impact upon the youth of our community. Students submit written nominations explaining why they are nominating a teacher. Each week during the school year, JET-TV visits an area school to announce the winner.

Pituch’s honor will air Wednesday, November 23 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story airs again on Thursday morning, November 24, on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Congratulations to Mrs. Pituch!

Finding Fagin: Petkac to play Fagin in Oliver!

Thu, 2016-11-17 08:23

1453ph

General McLane High School’s Isaac Petkac will be playing Fagin in the classic Dicken’s novel Oliver!, which is coming to General McLane High School this Thursday. Tickets are on sale for this musical, which will be staged at General McLane High School from November 17-20, 2016.

Petkac is a member of the General McLane Student Council, Class Council, Principals Cabinet and GM baseball team. He also is the voice of GM Radio.

He performs in Broadway Dinner and Vocal Jazz ensemble. He has earned a spot in the PMEA District, Region, and State Choir. Past casting for Petkac includes Piangi in Phantom of the Opera and Pirelli in Sweeney Todd.

After high school, Petkac plans to attend the University of Toledo to major in Broadcasting and start a career in Sports Broadcasting.

We had a chance to catch up with him before this weekend’s play.

What is your favorite scene in this musical?

Reviewing the Situation

What are you most excited for the audience to see and hear in this musical and why?

The power of combining the youth and exuberance of the Middle School kids, along with the passion and experience of the High School Performers, is really awesome to see.

Why do you like to act?

To get to be someone else on stage feels amazing. Simply getting to go out, perform and entertain audiences is one of the best feelings in the world.

What’s your favorite musical/play of all time and why?

Les Mis – I absolutely love the story, and it has arguably the best musical soundtrack of all time

If you were able to be cast for your dream job/role what would it be and why?

My dream job would be the Play-by-Play announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. If I were to be cast, I would love to be selected to play Jean Valjean in Les Mis.

From Christine to Nancy: Graham prepares to take the stage for Oliver!

Wed, 2016-11-16 08:11

1386ph

General McLane High School’s Olivia Graham will be playing Nancy in the classic Dicken’s novel Oliver!, which is coming to General McLane High School this Thursday. Tickets are on sale for this musical, which will be staged at General McLane High School from November 17-20, 2016.

Graham is a member of the General McLane Student Council, Link Crew, National Honors Society and Vocal Jazz. She also is involved in pole vaulting.

After high school, Graham plans to get her master’s degree in Speech Pathology.

We had a chance to catch up with her before this weekend’s play.

What is your favorite scene in this musical?

I love the “Oom-pah-pah” into “As long as he needs me” sequence. The juxtaposition of the fun group piece into the heartbreaking, intimate solo is just amazing and really toys with the emotions.

What are you most excited for the audience to see and hear in this musical and why?

I can’t wait for everyone to see the amount of hard work and effort that has gone into this show. Not only from us as the cast but the set, the costumes, the direction. Everyone has given so much for this show and I think that will really speak for itself come performance time.

Why do you like to act?

There’s no greater feeling than pouring your soul into another character. You truly can be anyone when you’re on stage, and it is quite telling for finding who you are as well.

What’s your favorite musical/play of all time and why?

Beautiful the musical because it was the first show that I saw on broadway. The music is beautiful and I have such amazing memories from it.

If you were able to be cast for your dream job/role what would it be and why?

This is cheesy but I would absolutely love to play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera again. That role was the moment where I proved something to myself that I never could have imagined.

Ask Artful: Bayle to play Artful Dodger in upcoming Oliver

Tue, 2016-11-15 08:07

2223ph

James W. Parker Middle School’s Gabe Bayle will be playing Artful Dodger in the classic Dicken’s novel Oliver!, which is coming to General McLane High School this Thursday. Tickets are on sale for this musical, which will be staged at General McLane High School from November 17-20, 2016.

Bayle wrestles and runs cross country for the District. He also participates in the Track and Field Program. Outside of school, Bayle participates in theatrical productions at the Erie Playhouse and Penn State Behrend. He also teaches in the 2-3 year old “Sunday School” class at McLane Church.

After high school, Bayle would like to be appointed to the Naval Academy to become an aeronautical engineer.

We had a chance to catch up with him before this weekend’s play.

What is your favorite scene in this musical?

Even though I’m not in the scene, my favorite is “Who Will Buy?”

What are you most excited for the audience to see and hear in this musical and why?

I’m excited for the audience to see Fagan’s boys because they have worked very hard and are really excited to perform.

Why do you like to act?

I enjoy seeing the end result, from watching the show be a script and a skeleton, to seeing it come together and become a full of life, vibrant production.

What’s your favorite musical/play of all time and why?
First, Les’ Miserables because the entire show is amazing – from the songs to the acting. I played Gavroche in the last production of Les Mis at the Erie Playhouse, and the emotions that were felt while watching and performing the show seemed unreal. The entire production was very powerful.

Another one of my favorites is Hamilton. I have not seen the production, but the entire soundtrack is on my phone. It is a life changing score for anyone who loves musicals. (By the way, I know the entire soundtrack by heart.)

If you were able to be cast for your dream job/role what would it be and why?

I’d love to be casted for Alexander Hamilton because I love the show.

Jay signs to play at Edinboro

Mon, 2016-11-14 13:41

IMG_7171

IMG_7173

General McLane senior Alex Jay signed his Letter of Intent today to continue his Basketball career next year at Edinboro University.

Congratulations to Alex on this tremendous accomplishment!

Pages